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APS board to interview construction mgmt. firms in December

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on October 12, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment

The board of education for Alpena Public Schools will be interviewing five construction management firms in December, and eventually hiring one of the companies to guide it through a facility needs assessment and the bond issue process.

The interviews are scheduled for December 4-5, and the board could take an immediate vote on which firm to choose at the end of day two, however it is more likely the board will take a vote during its regular monthly meeting on December 18.

One of the five firms has a local office but all five are headquartered in various downstate locations.  One of them builds all the Meijer stores in Michigan and another handles all or most McDonald’s restaurants.

The chosen firm will guide the board of education through the facility needs assessment, community meetings, and the bond issue process.  The study includes roughly $120 million in wants and needs for school buildings and grounds.  Community input will help shape the scope of the final list put before voters, who will then be asked to support a millage to pay for those repairs and improvements.

The school district has not reached a decision on when it might ask for the millage, but it appears that will happen after 2018.

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